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Borealis commissions new naphtha cavern in Porvoo, Finland

October 22/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Borealis announces that its new naphtha cavern in Porvoo, Finland has now been safely commissioned as of October 2020, as per the company's press release.

Having invested around EUR25 million in the construction of this 80,000 m3 facility, Borealis can now source and store naphtha for its Porvoo operations from the global market in a more flexible, cost-efficient, and secure way. The cavern can also accommodate renewable naphtha, making it possible for Borealis customers in future to draw on certified renewable polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE), as well as renewable base chemicals, ethylene, propylene and phenol.

Construction of the new cavern began in 2019 and was completed safely, sooner than projected, and significantly under budget. Located 90 meters below ground, the storage volume of the new cavern enables Borealis to source feedstock from various sources and markets. Naphtha can now be delivered by large marine vessels (up to 35 kilotons) in addition to rail. The new Porvoo cavern has also been built to accommodate the storage of renewable naphtha, thus enabling Borealis to produce renewable base chemicals.

A core component of our sustainability strategy is to contribute to societal progress and to enable more sustainable living while at the same time delivering robust financial results for Borealis and our stakeholders, says Martijn van Koten, Borealis Executive Vice President Base Chemicals and Operations. The innovative cavern in Porvoo improves our commercial flexibility and will make a valuable contribution to the achievement of our sustainability goals and the circularity of our products.

Borealis sees investment in our European assets such as Porvoo as a clear sign of our commitment to enhancing the safety, profitability, and sustainability of our operations, says Thomas Van De Velde, Borealis Senior Vice President Hydrocarbons & Energy. Our new cavern makes Borealis more independent and flexible in our sourcing of naphtha while enabling the production of renewable feedstock.

Naphtha is used in the petrochemical industry to produce olefins in steam crackers. Borealis sources feedstock such as naphtha, butane, propane and ethane from the oil and gas industry, as well as renewable feedstock from the market, and converts these into ethylene and propylene through its olefin units. Its flexible steam cracker in Porvoo produces both ethylene and propylene.

As MRC wrote previously, the light-feed 625,000-metric tons/year Borealis steam cracker at Stenungsund, Sweden, is expected to restart operations in the fourth quarter this year after a fire broke out at the plant in May, 2020. The cracker has been under force majeure for almost four months after the blaze at the plant on 10 May, which was subsequently brought under control the following day.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,496,500 tonnes in the first eight months of 2020, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of all ethylene polymers increased, except for linear low desnity polyethylene (LLDPE). At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 767,2900 tonnes in the eight months of 2020 (calculated using the formula - production minus exports plus imports - and not counting producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply increased exclusively of PP random copolymer.

Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis currently employs around 6,500 and operates in over 120 countries.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, crude and gaz condensate, PP random copolymer, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Borealis, Russia, Finland, Sweden.
Category:General News
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